It only took a few months to renovate and refurbish this mall, which is now filling up with new retailers. (Langley Advance Files)

Langley mall renovation earns industry kudos

Retrofitting of Fraser 206 strip mall, at Fraser Highway and 206th Street, garnered honours tonight.

Langley strip mall renovations could spur more downtown improvementsA facelift on a downtown Langley strip mall has garnered industry kudos tonight.

Fraser 206, the 30-plus-year-old development at 206th Street and Fraser Highway, was one of several building projects in the Fraser Valley that were recognized during the seventh annual Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards.

The awards were presented Thursday, Nov. 2 during an evening awards ceremony at the Cascades Casino in Langley.

There were categories in the annual celebration of the best in commercial, industrial, and revenue producing buildings from Delta to Chilliwack, completed between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

There were 31 finalists, explained organizer Mark MacDonald.

Frasers 206 was just one of them.

READ: Langley strip mall renovations could spur more downtown improvements

Elevate Development Corporation’s efforts to refurbish this old and partially deserted retail corner took just a few months.

“I’d like to say we’re going to be a catalyst for more of this [redevelopment],” said owner Gord MacPherson.

“Given how positive the support of the mayor has been and the staff, I’d say it [Fraser 206] has a real bright future. It’s been a good project and we’re very proud of how it’s turned out,” he previously told the Langley Advance.

Among its new tenants, 1 Fish 2 Fish opened recently to much fanfare.

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While Fraser 206 won in the retail renovation category, there were only two other Langley project that earned accolades.

Meridian Condominiums in Langley City received the award for the best wood construction project.

Meanwhile, Lot Living received runner-up recognition in the best multi-family category.

The Flatiron Building in Abbotsford won the judges’ choice best overall entry.

Flatiron, at 2539 Montrose Avenue, was an Algra Bros. Developments project, and also won the retail category.

Another Algra Bros. project, Brixton Station in Chilliwack, won the award of excellence in row homes.

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Other award of excellence winners were;

• Apartments: Chorus Apartments – 2358 153rd St.. Developer/general contractor: Marcon Developments Ltd. Architect/designer: Ankenman Associates Architects Inc.

• Industrial: Hayer Business Centre – 19180 – 36th Ave.. Developer: Hayer Builders Group. Architect/designer: Taylor Kurtz. General contractor: Integrated Construction.

• Institutional: Surrey Memorial Hospital’s child and adolescent psychiatric stabilization unit – 13750 96th Ave. Architect/designer: Kirsten Reite Architecture. General contractor: Kinetic Construction Ltd.

• Mixed Use: Sky Banquet & Convention Centre – 6680 152A St. Developer/general contractor: Jagpal Development Ltd. Architect/designer: WG Architecture Inc.

• Multi-family: The Place On Park Avenue – 20458 Park Ave.. Developer: JMC Properties Ltd. Architect/designer: Points West Architecture. General contractor: MDM Construction (2012) Co. Ltd.

• Retail renovation: Fraser 206 – 20627, 20631, 20633 Fraser Hwy. Developer/designer: Elevate Development Corp. General contractor: West Coast Building Restoration Inc.

• Row homes: Brixton Station – 4554 Tamihi Way. Developer/general contractor/architect/designer: Algra Bros. Developments.

• Shopping centres: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way. Developer: Ivanhoe Cambridge. Architect/designer: Stantec. General contractor: Ledcor Construction Ltd.

• Social Housing: Hearthstone Place – 2719 Gladys Ave. Architect/designer: CHP Architects. General contractor: Mierau Contractors Ltd.

• Townhomes: Parallel North – 1968 North Parallel Rd. Developer/general contractor: Diverse Properties & Diverse Construction Ltd. Architect/designer: Focus Architecture.

• Wood construction: Meridian Condominiums – 5363 201st St. Owner: L&R Joint Ventures Ltd. Architect/designer: Keystone Architecture & Planning Ltd.

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Awards of merit (runner-up) went to:

• Industrial: VIP Soap Products Ltd. of Mission and Peterbilt Surrey.

• Multi-family: Lot Living of Langley.

• Row homes: Cambridge Walk of Surrey.

• Townhomes: Eagle’s Gate of Abbotsford.

Black Press is a platinum sponsor of the event, and gold sponsors are Re/MAX Commercial, MNP, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board commercial division.

Category sponsors are WoodWORKS!BC, Schreder Brothers Real Estate Group of Royal LePage Wolstencroft, Greensheet Construction Review and Invest Northwest Publishing Ltd.